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European Paper Talk: Jose Mourinho makes Gareth Bale a key Manchester United transfer target

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid looks on during a warm up prior to the Supercopa de Espana Supercopa Final 1st Leg match

The summer transfer window may have closed for the majority of clubs across Europe but they are already making moves ahead of January.

Our friends at Football Whispers have scoured media across Europe for the latest news and transfer rumours.


Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is a key Manchester United transfer target for next season. Jose Mourinho is determined to land the former Tottenham star but United remain aware of the possibility that the Spanish side will request David de Gea in any deal.

However, there is a suggestion that Mourinho would be willing to let the goalkeeper join Madrid if it meant signing Bale. (Mundo Deportivo)

Cristiano Ronaldo has demanded Real Madrid sign Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea.

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The La Liga giants have been constantly linked with a move for the Spain international over the last few years, and came close to signing him in 2015.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will turn his attentions to Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois, however, if a deal for De Gea does not materialise. (Diario Gol)

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Barcelona sent scouts to watch three Bayer Leverkusen players on Sunday: centre-back Jonathan Tah, winger Julian Brandt and Manchester United transfer target Leon Bailey. Leverkusen drew 2-2 with Wolfsburg, with all three players starting the game. (Sport)

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Arsenal have told Inter Milan and Manchester United that Mesut Ozil will be available for £20m if the German playmaker signs a new deal in January.

Ozil is out of contract next summer but the Gunners do not want to let him leave for free. It is believed that United are currently the frontrunners to sign Ozil, while Arsene Wenger admitted at the weekend that his departure in January is a possibility. (Calciomercato)

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Image: Mesut Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season

AC Milan CEO Marco Fassone has confirmed Vincenzo Montella will be staying at the club. Montella's Milan slumped to a third successive Serie A defeat as they were edged out 3-2 in a thrilling derby with Inter on Sunday night. (Calciomercato)

Meanwhile, Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti hailed derby match-winner Mauro Icardi as the "complete striker" after his superb hat-trick.

"Despite all the responsibility placed on his shoulders, he has the humility to listen to advice and works hard dropping back to win the ball. Icardi is a complete striker and for his age shoulders so much responsibility," Spalletti said. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)


Liverpool transfer target Adrien Rabiot is not close to agreeing a new contract with PSG. Discussions over an extension to the midfielder's current deal have progressed slowly and the player has two demands that the club have not been willing to meet so far.

PSG are keen to sign another midfielder as the club looks for a long-term replacement for Thiago Motta. (L'Equipe)

Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates scoring his team's second goal
Image: Adrien Rabiot has previously played for Manchester City in England


Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel is being lined up as the new manager of Guangzhou Evergrande. Tuchel, who has been heavily linked with the Bayern Munich managerial position, is tipped to follow Roger Schmidt and Felix Magath to the Chinese Super League. (Kicker)

Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng has admitted he thought about leaving the Bundesliga champions in the summer after growing concerned about his position under Carlo Ancelotti. Boateng struggled with injuries last season but, when fit, the Italian preferred Javi Martinez in defence.

"I spoke to the bosses in the summer about my situation and I told them I was concerned," Boateng said. (Kicker)

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